Racing to the Future Personnel (Current)

Racing to the Future™ began in the Fall 0f 2008 and has been a part of KY STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) since the state championships of 2009.  Racing to the Future™ has been adopted in 16 states and 3 countries and continues to grow each year.

 

Racing to the Future™ introduces mathematics, science, planning and engineering through the building and competition of 1:64th scale (H.O.) slot cars. These cars use scientific principles in physics and mathematics, such as electromagnetic motors, magnetism, gravitational and aerodynamic force to gain the highest performance in getting around a race track.  By learning these scientific principles and applying them to our live racing laboratory, students learn how these systems and the science behind them work, in a fun and competitive form. 

Our on -site visits introduce the cars and program to the students and teachers and gives the students an opportunity to learn about the science, math and history of racing, with slot cars and their larger, real life counterparts.

 

The Racing to the Future™ Crew 

Paul Shoemaker currently works as an Engineer/Architect for the Kentucky Department of Education/Office of Education Technology and is part of the School Technology Engineering and Architecture Services team.  He works with several education initiatives, primarily focusing on online assessment systems and security programs.  Born in Germany, his family moved back to Kentucky where he grew up in the Louisville area. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville and has degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.  His hobbies include racing slot cars and designing cars for his cottage business, Speed Inc.

 

Dan Gorman currently works as an Engineer/Architect for the Department of Education/Office of Education Technology and is part of the School Technology Engineering and Architecture Services team.  Dan’s expertise is in “end-user devices” and how they can best be used in the instructional environment.   Dan is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a Army Veteran, having spent time in Okinawa, South Korea, Germany, Texas and Hawaii.  Dan is a runner and has run in 1/2 marathons, 10ks and 5ks throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

 

Rob Grissom currently works as an Engineer/Architect for the Department of Education/Office of Education Technology and is part of the School Technology Engineering and Architecture Services team. Rob’s expertise is in web application development, process engineering, and solution architecture. Rob is a native of Louisville, KY and has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years for companies such as NTT Data, Lexmark International, and Compuserve. Rob's past customers have included, Fortune Magazine, National Geographic, Service Merchandise, Brown Foreman, Philip Morris, Navistar and Cummins Engines. When Rob isn't working he coaches beginner and elite competitive cyclists and runners. Rob has and still competes in Time Trial cycling events from KY, OH, IN, TN, AL.

 

Jenifer Hill currently works as a Project Manager for the Kentucky Department of Education/Office of Education Technology, focusing on technology related projects.   Jenifer has bachelor’s degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from Campbellsville University and a completed graduate work in Education from the University of Kentucky focusing on Instructional Systems Design.  A native of Kentucky, Jenifer has also lived and worked in Texas for companies such as NTT Data, Humana, R.R. Donnelley, and Allegheny Teledyne.  When not working, Jenifer spends time, promoting artists and singing and managing a recording studio with her husband.

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